Sunday, October 30, 2022
Sunday 10am Gathering
This Sunday we celebrate several individuals coming into membership. What does the Bible say about people being members of the Body of Christ? In Ephesians 4, the apostle Paul tells us. The Body of Christ, Paul says, is the spiritual community a person is born into and made a part of upon belief and faith in Jesus — what we call ‘church.’ Paul reminds us here in this text and other places in scripture, such as 1 Corinthians 12, that every believer has been made a part of Christ’s body of believers, and it’s in the Body that believers grow and become spiritually mature through the giftings and service of others.
Paul also reminds us that it is in the Body of Christ that we are to practice a new kind of life together that reflects God’s love and holiness. In the Body, we learn to leave our old way of life behind. God has intended that our life in his Body serve as a kind of spiritual greenhouse. Like a greenhouse, the Body is to be the environment where we begin to grow and bear fruit in our walk with Christ. This week we want to look at the various ways God intends to grow us as we commit to being an active part of his Body and help others do the same.